Slovak Response to COVID-19, Travel Restrictions to The United States of America, and Consular Services at Embassy Bratislava
Last updated: 10/23/2020
- From October 24 through November 1, 2020 the Slovak government will enforce a partial lockdown for all people residing in Slovakia. All persons have until October 25 to return to their place of residence in Slovakia. No one may leave their residence, except as indicated below, and the government will conduct nationwide COVID-19 testing during weekends of October 31 to November 1, 2020 and November 6 to November 8, 2020. Testing is voluntary, however persons without proof of a negative test performed during this time must isolate at home for 10 days.
Allowable activities outside your residence:
- Going to COVID-19 testing facility
- Going to work, or to accompany a child to school
- Going to the nearest grocery store, pharmacy, or to the doctor,
- Going to provide care for a close relative, to care for livestock, or to walk a dog within 100m from your place of residence,
- Going to a the post office, bank, insurance company, dry cleaners, car repair, or gas station
- Going to a funeral
- Trips to the countryside within the district of your residency; if in Bratislava, trips must be within city limits
- Any urgent travel outside the home between 01:00 and 05:00 AM
After November 1, 2020, the accepted activities will only be allowed for people who have a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test obtained during the testing weekends. Either free government-provided tests, or fee-based tests at private clinics are acceptable. Persons who decide not to be tested will have to stay in a home quarantine for 10 days.
- Slovak authorities request that you do not go to the hospital if you believe that you might have COVID-19. Officials request that those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 contact health authorities at 0917-222-682. A healthcare provider will explain treatment options after discussing your concerns.
- Facial coverings (mask, scarf, etc.) are required in all indoor public spaces. As of October 15, 2020 facial coverings are required also outdoors if the distance between two unrelated persons is less than 5 m. Children under the age of six and those with autism are exempted.
- State offices have returned to normal operations with modified schedules. Confirm opening hours prior to seeking assistance.
- As of June 15, nearly all businesses are now open subject to health and sanitation requirements.
- As of October 25, preschools and elementary schools through grade 4 remain open. All students in grades 5 and above, including university students, can only attend classes online. Schools may require that students obtain a declaration that they have no symptoms of COVID-19 and have not traveled in “red zone” countries within 14 days of starting school.
- As of October 23, 2020, hospitals have postponed all non-essential services.
- International train and bus transportation have resumed services, but some local interruptions may still occur.
Official government of Slovakia COVID-19 statistics can be found at www.korona.gov.sk.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Only if they are immediate family members of a Slovak citizen or resident or received a special exemption in advance of travel from the Ministry of Health. No travel for tourism or regular business from the United States to the Schengen zone, including Slovakia, is permitted.
- Flights to the Schengen zone through Vienna, Amsterdam, or Frankfurt permit transit as long as the traveler has proof that the final destination in the EU will allow their entry. Please carry a document that shows an immediate familial relationship to a Slovak citizen or resident, such as a marriage certificate or a birth record when boarding the flight. When transiting Austria from other country than Slovakia, it is required to complete a transit form. When considering a flight through other countries, please verify if transit to Slovakia through those countries is permitted to non-citizens or non-residents at their respective Embassies in the United States and/or with the airlines.
- As of September 1, 2020, the border with Hungary is closed. Only Hungarian citizens and long-term residents will be allowed entry to Hungary. Arrivals and departures of third country nationals at the Budapest international airport will not be permitted.
- As of September 8, 2020, persons arriving from the Czech Republic need a negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours OR, upon arrival in Slovakia, they need to register at www.korona.gov.sk and remain in self isolation for 10 days. They must get a COVID-19 test after the fifth day and report the results to the local health authorities. Random border checks may occur.
- In addition to citizens and residents of Slovakia, citizens and residents of Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, China, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Latvia, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, San Marino, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Vatican are allowed to enter Slovakia without restrictions. Slovakia does not currently restrict exits. Third country nationals who are spouses, unmarried minor children, or parents of Slovak citizens are exempted from the entry restrictions. Transit through Slovakia for EU citizens and residents returning to their country of citizenship/ residency is permitted as of June 3, 2020.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes, a PCR test is required unless the traveler is from one of the countries listed above
- Those entering Slovakia from countries other than those previously mentioned, must complete the registration form and present a negative COVID-19 test that is less than 72 hours old upon arrival to the Slovak border police or the nearest Regional Office of Public Health. Travelers must stay in home isolation for 5 days, at which time they can schedule a new COVID-19 test. Their home quarantine ends once they receive negative results. If travelers arrive via Vienna International Airport, the negative COVID-19 test must not be older than 72 hours and travelers should present the transit form. For transit through other Schengen airports, please monitor the changes of entry and transit requirements at their respective Embassies in the United States and/or with the airlines.
- For residents coming to Slovakia from the EU countries other than those previously mentioned, there are two options: EITHER negative COVID-19 test not older than 72 hours is presented upon entry to Slovakia, OR register with the nearest Regional Office of Public Health AND they must stay at home in quarantine with all members of the same household until either they receive negative COVID-19 results to a test taken after the fifth day at home, OR must spend at least ten days at home in self-quarantine.
- State-provided quarantine and use of the application eKarantena have been terminated.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Possibly.
- The airports in Vienna and Bratislava have been conducting temperature checks on arriving passengers for some flights. Travelers should be prepared for health and border officials to require temperature checks.
- Are visa extensions for residents and/or tourists available? Yes
- Temporary and permanent residents, as well as anyone on paroled status in Slovakia, whose validity expires during the declared state of crisis and up to a month afterwards will have their legal status extended for two months after the official state of crisis is declared over. Travel for tourism to other EU countries during that period is only permitted for legal residents. Temporary residents and visitors must remain in Slovakia.
- Travelers that legally entered Slovakia on a Schengen visa will maintain their legal status until one month after the official state of crisis ends. They are not, however, permitted to travel for tourism to other countries, unless they have permanent residency in Slovakia.
- Temporary and permanent residents who are outside of Slovakia and are unable to return during the state of crisis can submit an application for the renewal of their residency status at the closest Slovak Embassy abroad www.mzv.sk/washington. The Slovak embassy can provide details on application procedures.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- If the Public Health Authority imposes new measures to restrict movement in order to control the spread of the virus, they will be posted at http://www.uvzsr.sk/en/index.php/contacts
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes. For a complete list of countries whose citizens and residents are exempt from quarantine and travel restrictions, please visit https://korona.gov.sk/en/
- Those entering Slovakia from countries other than those previously mentioned, must complete the registration form and present a negative COVID-19 test that is less than 72 hours old upon arrival to the Slovak border police or the nearest Regional Office of Public Health. Travelers must stay in home isolation for 5 days, at which time they can schedule a new COVID-19 test. Their home quarantine ends once they receive negative results.
- If travelers arrive via Vienna International Airport, the negative COVID-19 test must not be older than 72 hours. For transit through other Schengen airports, please monitor the changes of entry and transit requirements at their respective Embassies in the United States and/or with the airlines.
- State-provided quarantine and use of the application eKarantena have been terminated.
- Once travelers register with the Regional Office of Public Health upon entry, they will receive information about where to get tested after their fifth day of home quarantine. The Slovak government pays for COVID-19 testing in these cases. Once they receive negative test results, free movement in Slovakia is permitted.
- Private testing is also available at www.lab.online.sk or www.medirex.sk in various locations throughout the country. If not ordered by the Regional Public Health Authority or a medical provider, the fee for testing is paid by the traveler. The standard cost is €50-€60.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- There are no direct flights to the United States from any Slovak airport. The Vienna and Prague airports remain open with indirect and some direct itineraries to the United States. However, airlines have reduced their schedules and flights are subject to constant change. Check with your airline before your scheduled departure. For more detailed information visit the websites of the Vienna and Prague airports.
- If arriving in Slovakia via commercial flight, it is required to complete the following form
- The Bratislava, Kosice and Poprad airports now have limited commercial flights and charter flights to destinations in Europe.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Masks are required on all forms of public transportation. Taxi and ride sharing app services are available, and also require the use of face masks.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- Violation of the quarantine rules in Slovakia can result in fines of €1,650 ($1800). Slovak authorities recently announced increased monitoring along Slovak borders and state that they may soon impose fines of up to €5,000 for travel and quarantine rule violations. In cases of serious quarantine violations, foreigners may be deported from Slovakia and could face permanent bans on reentry.
- Non-compliance with mask requirements can result in fines or prosecution.
- As of October 25, 2020, American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava is accepting emergency appointments only.
- As of October 25, 2020 the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava is providing limited visa services. Some visa applicants may qualify for a visa based on a National Interest Exceptions.
- Slovak government COVID-19 information page
- U.S. Embassy in Bratislava COVID-10 information
- U.S. Embassy in Bratislava Security and Travel information
- Slovak Ministry of Interior travel information page
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Department of State travel information for Slovakia